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USC Viterbi School of Engineering

The Viterbi School of Engineering, considered among the elite schools of engineering in the United States and the world, recently strengthened its global network by opening offices in Mumbai and Bangalore, India. Sudha Kumar, director of the Bangalore office, performed a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony as a dedication. “It is my hope that this lighting of the lamp signifies sharing of knowledge, cooperation and mutual exchange of ideas between India and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering,” she said.

Courses in engineering were first offered at USC in the 1905-06 academic year in the basement of one of the oldest buildings on campus. Today, 170 full-time, tenure track faculty (and more than 300 total faculty) serve about 2,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students, utilizing extensive and technically advanced laboratories, classrooms and live interactive high-speed Internet broadcast systems. Government and industry annually fund more than $180 million worth of research.

The Viterbi School is innovative, elite and internationally recognized for creating new models of education, research and commercialization firmly rooted in real world needs. The school’s first priorities are the education of outstanding students and the pursuit and publication of research.

As the school’s faculty and students extend the frontiers of engineering knowledge through their research, they also apply engineering and technology to address societal challenges. The school stimulates and encourages qualities of scholarship, leadership and character that mark the true academic and professional engineer — to serve California, the nation and the world. At the Viterbi School, we call this the enabling power of Engineering+.

The school prepares students to translate invention to innovation and advances the continuing education of engineering and scientific personnel to provide professional engineering leadership to solve community, regional, national and global problems.

Viterbi undergraduate support programs have increased selectivity, retention and graduation rates. The Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life fosters leadership, cross-disciplinary activity and globalization; the Freshman Academy exposes first-year students to current research; and the Engineering Writing Program (EWP) develops communication skills.

Viterbi graduate education is outstanding preparation for advanced research and professional careers. The Ph.D. program is built around fellowships, teaching assistantships and research appointments, and has produced a steady increase in doctoral degrees. The master’s and professional programs are national and global leaders in advanced training for professional engineers.


Yannis C. Yortsos, Ph.D., Dean

Maja Matarić, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

John O’Brien, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Timothy Pinkston, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Cauligi Raghavendra, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Herbert Schorr, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean

Margery Berti, A.B., Associate Dean

Kelly Goulis, M.S., Associate Dean

Linda Rock, M.A., Associate Dean

Louise A. Yates, M.S., Associate Dean

Christopher Stoy, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, External Relations